What is membership? Simply put, it is a commitment to a group of people to provide for their mutual benefit; it is a belonging to and the identification with a group of people who hold common values and ideals. I Corinthians 12 speaks of the church as "Christ's Body", where each member is acknowledged and does his/her part to benefit the whole. Ephesians, chapter one, speaks of the church as the fullness of Christ that fills all things. Membership allows us to identify with you and you with us.
When you acknowledge yourself as a member of this family, you are saying: "I am committed to Christ and His on-going work of sanctification, and I am committed to this group of believers. This act of membership tells us that you desire to be committed, faithful, responsible, and reliable, in serving Christ through this expression of the Body of Christ.
Covenants of Membership
We will stick together no matter what.
- 1Corinthians 12:12,13,18 "...so it is with Christ, for we were all baptized by one spirit into one body."
- Hebrews 10:25 "Don't give up meeting together as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another."
- Since God has put us together, let's stick together until God sends us elsewhere.
We will forgive and forbear one another.
- Colossians 3:13 "Forbearing one another and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any; even as Christ has forgiven you, you should forgive others.
- Forgiveness covers intentional hurts; forbearance covers unintentional hurts.
We will not give an evil report of one another.
- Titus 3:1,2 "Remind people to be subject to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready to do whatever is good, to slander no one, to be peaceable and considerate, and to show humility toward all men.
We will be open and honest with one another.
- Speaking the truth in love, rather than loving to speak the truth.
- Ephesians 4:15 "...speaking the truth in love, we will in all things, grow up into Him who is the head, that is Christ.
Although there are many important membership principles, these are four major principles that promote church unity and harmony.